The Eyes of the World (1917)

Allegory | 27 January 1917

Director:

Donald Crisp

Production Designer:

John K. Holden

Production Company:

Clune Film Producing Co.
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HISTORY

W. H. Clune, theater magnate and head of Clune Film Producing Co., opened the film at his Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles on 1 Jan 1917 in a ten reel version. The film was released throughout 1917 to the state rights market in this version. In Jan 1918, Arrow Film Corp. acquired the rights to the film and released it in a seven reel version because exhibitors were not happy with long films which they could not show twice in one night. Author Harold Bell Wright assisted in the preparation of the film, according to a news item. Clune's studio was located in Hollywood; some scenes were shot in San Gabriel Canyon, CA. Inspiration Pictures made a film based on the same source which United Artists released in 1930; it starred Una Merkel and was directed by Henry King. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; ... More Less

W. H. Clune, theater magnate and head of Clune Film Producing Co., opened the film at his Clune's Auditorium in Los Angeles on 1 Jan 1917 in a ten reel version. The film was released throughout 1917 to the state rights market in this version. In Jan 1918, Arrow Film Corp. acquired the rights to the film and released it in a seven reel version because exhibitors were not happy with long films which they could not show twice in one night. Author Harold Bell Wright assisted in the preparation of the film, according to a news item. Clune's studio was located in Hollywood; some scenes were shot in San Gabriel Canyon, CA. Inspiration Pictures made a film based on the same source which United Artists released in 1930; it starred Una Merkel and was directed by Henry King. (See AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30 ; F2.1595.) More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
3 Mar 17
p. 907.
Motog
13 Oct 17
p. 782.
MPN
13 Oct 17
p. 2584.
MPW
15 Mar 19
pp. 1602-3.
MPW
23 Dec 16
p. 1788.
MPW
27 Jan 17
p. 593.
MPW
9 Feb 18
p. 870.
NYDM
20 Jan 17
p. 28.
NYDM
19 Jan 18
p. 21.
Variety
5 Jul 18
p. 29.
Wid's
7 Jul 18
p. 14.
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 January 1917
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7-10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Aaron King, a promising young artist, is commissioned to paint the portrait of Mrs. Taine, a wealthy woman of the world. King naïvely renders Mrs. Taine as an idealized beauty until he meets Sybil, an innocent young girl who lives next door. In the contrast between the two women, King sees Mrs. Taine as lustful and designing and so paints a new portrait of her. Discovering King's portrait of Sybil, Mrs. Taine, in a jealous rage, accuses the girl of improper relations with the artist. Ashamed, Sybil runs away to the mountains, where she is kidnapped by James Rutledge, a man who has designs on her. King locates Rutledge's hideout, and in the ensuing fight between the two men, Rutledge falls to his death. Meanwhile, Mrs. Taine has discovered the unflattering portrait that King has painted and threatens to ruin both his and Sybil's reputations. She is prevented from doing so by Conrad La Grange, a novelist who is familiar with Mrs. Taine's sordid past, and thus the two young people are free to pursue their ... +


Aaron King, a promising young artist, is commissioned to paint the portrait of Mrs. Taine, a wealthy woman of the world. King naïvely renders Mrs. Taine as an idealized beauty until he meets Sybil, an innocent young girl who lives next door. In the contrast between the two women, King sees Mrs. Taine as lustful and designing and so paints a new portrait of her. Discovering King's portrait of Sybil, Mrs. Taine, in a jealous rage, accuses the girl of improper relations with the artist. Ashamed, Sybil runs away to the mountains, where she is kidnapped by James Rutledge, a man who has designs on her. King locates Rutledge's hideout, and in the ensuing fight between the two men, Rutledge falls to his death. Meanwhile, Mrs. Taine has discovered the unflattering portrait that King has painted and threatens to ruin both his and Sybil's reputations. She is prevented from doing so by Conrad La Grange, a novelist who is familiar with Mrs. Taine's sordid past, and thus the two young people are free to pursue their love. +

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